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  • Our Values
  • About Quixote's Cove
  • About Satori
  • About Word Warriors
  • About Safu
  • About Book Bus
  • Our Team

Our Values

At QC and Satori, we believe that our work is a tool for self-understanding, which is essential to one’s intellectual, emotional, and social growth. We are committed to new ideas and open to challenges and value the process of learning from failure. We create safe spaces that encourage trust, sharing of ideas, reading, writing, and critical thinking. We seek to be aware and responsive of the needs of our colleagues, our community and ourselves, creating an environment that facilitates collaboration and achievement of goals beyond the scope of an individual.

We believe that the freedom of expression and discourse are central to a democratic and progressive society. We work in both urban and rural communities to promote art and literature as a means of encouraging disenfranchised youth to think creatively and critically, express themselves, and be heard. Through our events and projects, we engage with and provide a platform for literature from the many languages of Nepal.

 

Quixote’s Cove is a bookshop working to develop a reading culture and an appreciation of the arts and literature in and from Nepal. We believe that art and literature are some of the most powerful and transformative tools available to us. They give us access to ideas and understanding; empathy and compassion; nuances and complexity. We hope to develop a reading culture and an appreciation for the creative arts in and from Nepal. To this end, our primary objectives are:

  1. Establish customized retail book outlets in diverse spaces
  2. Provide managerial, promotional and logistical services to the creative industries in Nepal
  3. Provide teacher training, library setup and curricular development services to schools and colleges

We believe that freedom of expression and discourse are central to a democratic and progressive society. We work in both urban and rural communities to promote art and literature as a means of encouraging disenfranchised youth to think creatively and critically, express themselves, and be heard. Through our events and projects, we engage with and provide a platform for literature from the many languages of Nepal.

Our working environment is built on the values of trust, understanding and consideration. We believe this allows for collaboration and the achievement of goals beyond the limited scope of the individual. This means realizing that work is only a part of life and that there is much to learn and share.

Satori Center for the Arts (Satori) a sister organization of Quixote’s Cove, is a not-for-profit organization dedicated to education, art and literature.

We work in both urban and rural communities to promote art and literature as a means of encouraging disenfranchised youth to think creatively and critically, express themselves, and be heard.

Our working environment is built on the values of trust, understanding and consideration. We believe this allows for collaboration and the achievement of goals beyond the limited scope of the individual. This means realizing that work is only a part of life and that there is much to learn and share.

Word Warriors are a Kathmandu-based group of young poets leading the spoken word movement in Nepal. We have been performing, conducting events, competitions and workshops, all over Nepal, sharing the platform that spoken word provides for youth expression and voice.

Word Warriors, A Journey

Here is a glimpse to what our journey was like, as of mid-2013.

History of the WWs

The history of Word Warriors is closely tied to our mentor, partner and parent organization Quixote’s Cove (QC) bookshop. In December 2010, the perception of poetry changed for many youths, when the bookshop, in collaboration with the U.S. Embassy, organized QC Awards 2010: Voice Your Words, the first ever slam poetry event in Nepal.

A few Nepali poets and some keen participants from the slam poetry workshop and competition then decided to give continuity to this art form they had fallen in love with and in the coordination of QC, formed the Word Warriors, Nepal’s first spoken word poetry group.

We started out by performing at various literary and art events, at local cafes, bar and soon began organizing our own events and conducting workshops- which was yet another step for our budding group.

Over the years we’ve been trained under international spoken word and have many new members join us. Our facebook group that started out with 15 people has now a following of thousands of members from all over Nepal and abroad, actively writing and engaging in the online platform. This marks a start of a genuine grass root movement among the urban youth of the country.

We’ve now conducted workshops at various schools in different parts of Nepal, organized inter-school slam poetry competitions in and outside Kathmandu, performed at various venues, at schools, universities, children homes, cafes and in concerts, art exhibitions, conferences, street demonstrations and national literary gatherings, where the young and the old alike have experienced the transformative and enthusiastic power of spoken word poetry .

We’ve also taken a step further to spread spoken word poetry and create platform for expression through several of our programs, from monthly open-mic events to in-school workshops and long term projects like Write to Speak that works with the members of marginalized communities to bring out their voices and stories.

The Vision behind the WW

We want to promote the art form of spoken word poetry though more events, workshops, competitions and work towards national and international slams.

With our education system still heavily reliant on rote-learning, we aspire to introduce spoken word poetry as a creative outlet, a platform or tool of expression for students and youths of Nepal that allows and encourages free-thinking in them. We also want to use the transformative power of spoken word poetry to build their confidence and critical thinking skills.

At the same time, using spoken word as a regenerative, expressive and empowering tool, we want bring out more stories and issues of the Nepali people, and utilize its potential to initiate dialogues for social change.

Safu, which means books in Nepal Bhasa, is a publishing imprint of Quixote's Cove. It is a multi-lingual publisher that produces books that support and validate the communities we engage with.

The Book Bus is one of the nine American corners run by the American Library. It is sponsored by the American Embassy in Kathmandu and is operated by Quixote’s Cove.Since November 2013, the Book Bus has travelled over 20,000 kilometres in Nepal. It has visited over 300 schools, colleges, and community centers and directly worked with over 250,000 people.

What we do

The Book Bus is equipped with books, laptops, ipads, projectors, sound systems, internet connectivity, art supplies and moving exhibitions. Along with a librarian and driver, two to four instructors travel with the bus to conduct workshops for students and teachers. Interested schools, colleges and community centers can request a Book Bus visit by filling out the visit request form below. We will get back to you as soon as we can, but please be patient. We will try our best to accommodate everyone who writes to us!

Our Team

Our Values

At QC and Satori, we believe that our work is a tool for self-understanding, which is essential to one’s intellectual, emotional, and social growth. We are committed to new ideas and open to challenges and value the process of learning from failure. We create safe spaces that encourage trust, sharing of ideas, reading, writing, and critical thinking. We seek to be aware and responsive of the needs of our colleagues, our community and ourselves, creating an environment that facilitates collaboration and achievement of goals beyond the scope of an individual.

We believe that the freedom of expression and discourse are central to a democratic and progressive society. We work in both urban and rural communities to promote art and literature as a means of encouraging disenfranchised youth to think creatively and critically, express themselves, and be heard. Through our events and projects, we engage with and provide a platform for literature from the many languages of Nepal.

 

Quixote’s Cove is a bookshop working to develop a reading culture and an appreciation of the arts and literature in and from Nepal. We believe that art and literature are some of the most powerful and transformative tools available to us. They give us access to ideas and understanding; empathy and compassion; nuances and complexity. We hope to develop a reading culture and an appreciation for the creative arts in and from Nepal. To this end, our primary objectives are:

  1. Establish customized retail book outlets in diverse spaces
  2. Provide managerial, promotional and logistical services to the creative industries in Nepal
  3. Provide teacher training, library setup and curricular development services to schools and colleges

We believe that freedom of expression and discourse are central to a democratic and progressive society. We work in both urban and rural communities to promote art and literature as a means of encouraging disenfranchised youth to think creatively and critically, express themselves, and be heard. Through our events and projects, we engage with and provide a platform for literature from the many languages of Nepal.

Our working environment is built on the values of trust, understanding and consideration. We believe this allows for collaboration and the achievement of goals beyond the limited scope of the individual. This means realizing that work is only a part of life and that there is much to learn and share.

Satori Center for the Arts (Satori) a sister organization of Quixote’s Cove, is a not-for-profit organization dedicated to education, art and literature.

We work in both urban and rural communities to promote art and literature as a means of encouraging disenfranchised youth to think creatively and critically, express themselves, and be heard.

Our working environment is built on the values of trust, understanding and consideration. We believe this allows for collaboration and the achievement of goals beyond the limited scope of the individual. This means realizing that work is only a part of life and that there is much to learn and share.

Word Warriors are a Kathmandu-based group of young poets leading the spoken word movement in Nepal. We have been performing, conducting events, competitions and workshops, all over Nepal, sharing the platform that spoken word provides for youth expression and voice.

Word Warriors, A Journey

Here is a glimpse to what our journey was like, as of mid-2013.

History of the WWs

The history of Word Warriors is closely tied to our mentor, partner and parent organization Quixote’s Cove (QC) bookshop. In December 2010, the perception of poetry changed for many youths, when the bookshop, in collaboration with the U.S. Embassy, organized QC Awards 2010: Voice Your Words, the first ever slam poetry event in Nepal.

A few Nepali poets and some keen participants from the slam poetry workshop and competition then decided to give continuity to this art form they had fallen in love with and in the coordination of QC, formed the Word Warriors, Nepal’s first spoken word poetry group.

We started out by performing at various literary and art events, at local cafes, bar and soon began organizing our own events and conducting workshops- which was yet another step for our budding group.

Over the years we’ve been trained under international spoken word and have many new members join us. Our facebook group that started out with 15 people has now a following of thousands of members from all over Nepal and abroad, actively writing and engaging in the online platform. This marks a start of a genuine grass root movement among the urban youth of the country.

We’ve now conducted workshops at various schools in different parts of Nepal, organized inter-school slam poetry competitions in and outside Kathmandu, performed at various venues, at schools, universities, children homes, cafes and in concerts, art exhibitions, conferences, street demonstrations and national literary gatherings, where the young and the old alike have experienced the transformative and enthusiastic power of spoken word poetry .

We’ve also taken a step further to spread spoken word poetry and create platform for expression through several of our programs, from monthly open-mic events to in-school workshops and long term projects like Write to Speak that works with the members of marginalized communities to bring out their voices and stories.

The Vision behind the WW

We want to promote the art form of spoken word poetry though more events, workshops, competitions and work towards national and international slams.

With our education system still heavily reliant on rote-learning, we aspire to introduce spoken word poetry as a creative outlet, a platform or tool of expression for students and youths of Nepal that allows and encourages free-thinking in them. We also want to use the transformative power of spoken word poetry to build their confidence and critical thinking skills.

At the same time, using spoken word as a regenerative, expressive and empowering tool, we want bring out more stories and issues of the Nepali people, and utilize its potential to initiate dialogues for social change.

Safu, which means books in Nepal Bhasa, is a publishing imprint of Quixote's Cove. It is a multi-lingual publisher that produces books that support and validate the communities we engage with.

The Book Bus is one of the nine American corners run by the American Library. It is sponsored by the American Embassy in Kathmandu and is operated by Quixote’s Cove.Since November 2013, the Book Bus has travelled over 20,000 kilometres in Nepal. It has visited over 300 schools, colleges, and community centers and directly worked with over 250,000 people.

What we do

The Book Bus is equipped with books, laptops, ipads, projectors, sound systems, internet connectivity, art supplies and moving exhibitions. Along with a librarian and driver, two to four instructors travel with the bus to conduct workshops for students and teachers. Interested schools, colleges and community centers can request a Book Bus visit by filling out the visit request form below. We will get back to you as soon as we can, but please be patient. We will try our best to accommodate everyone who writes to us!